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Result: Stubborn France deny Ireland

Result: Stubborn France deny Ireland
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A Louis Picamoles's try sees France come from behind to seal a 13-13 draw with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

France have held Ireland to a 13-13 draw in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

The result means that both teams are still searching for their first win of the campaign.

The hosts took the front foot and were rewarded for their attacking endeavour in the 11th minute when Jamie Heaslip went over. Paddy Jackson then made the conversion to put Ireland 7-0 in front.

Frederic Michalak had three opportunities to reduce the deficit from penalty kicks, but missed twice before finally converting one.

However, Jackson sent two penalties sailing over in quick succession to reassert Ireland's authority before the half-time buzzer.

France failed to use the ball from a scrum four minutes after the restart, giving Jackson another chance to add to Ireland's total.

This time he was unable to do so. His kick was straight but did not have the distance to carry over.

Morgan Parra was given the chance from a penalty when Mike Ross fails to stay down in the scrum and he duly obliged, bringing the score to 13-6.

He could have further eaten into the margin had his 58th-minute penalty found the mark, but he kicked well wide to hand Ireland yet another reprieve.

Quick thinking from the French front line allowed Louis Picamoles to squeeze over for a try when Parra had thought that he had scored.

Michalak was restored to kicking duties, and he sent it right down the middle to draw his country level at 13-13.

Keith Earls then thought that he had snatched a dramatic victory with an immediate strike back, but it was Picamoles who got back to deny him at the last.

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